Successfully reported this slideshow.
We use your LinkedIn profile and activity data to personalize ads and to show you more relevant ads. You can change your ad preferences anytime.

Economic, Social and Political Citizenship: A Coherent Whole by David Kerr from the Citizenship Foundation


Published on

A presentation from the European Year of Citizens 2013 launch event discussing economic, social and political citizenship.

The presentation was given by David Kerr from the Citizenship foundation.

Find out more about the NCVO's European policy work:

Published in: News & Politics
  • Be the first to comment

  • Be the first to like this

Economic, Social and Political Citizenship: A Coherent Whole by David Kerr from the Citizenship Foundation

  1. 1. Economic, Social and Political Citizenship: A Coherent Whole Working Group 2 European Year Citizens Alliance (EYCA 2013)
  2. 2. David Kerr Citizenship Foundation Director of Educational Programmes Visiting Professor of Citizenship Birkbeck College University of London
  3. 3. WG2 – Economic, Social, Political Citizenship: A Coherent Whole Three Topics of focus: 1.Social dimension of Europe 2020 Strategy 2.Active inclusion and social rights 3.Non discrimination/equal treatment
  4. 4. Topic 1: Social dimension of Europe 2020 Strategy Sub-topics: a.Social provisions of Lisbon-Treaty and Europe 2020 Strategy b.Review on employment and social developments in Europe c.New Social Pact in Europe d.Obstacles towards mobility
  5. 5. Topic 2: Active inclusion and social rights Sub-topics: a.Social and public services b.Minimum income schemes c.Social rights d.Investment in formal, non-formal and informal education and training for life e.Empowerment of excluded people
  6. 6. Topic 3: Non discrimination/ equal treatment Sub-topics: a.Fundamental rights and Anti- Discrimination b.Right to associate and Active Social Citizenship c.Participatory democracy for social change
  7. 7. WG2 - Workplan Three face to face meetings – one per theme 1.March 2013 – Social dimension of Europe 2020 Strategy 2.July 2013 – Active inclusion and social rights 3.Sept 2013 – Non discrimination/ equal treatment Recommendations produced Oct 2013
  8. 8. WG2 – Proposed UK Contribution At each face to face meeting contribute on: 1.Obstacles or gaps in public policies which hamper active inclusion of citizens as well as good practices 2.The political framework – facilitator or not? 3.Recommendations (suggestions, proposals) In advance – 10-15 min powerpoint
  9. 9. WG2 – March Meeting At face to face meeting contribute on: 1.How to strengthen the social dimension of European governance? 2.How to achieve Europe 2020 target of lifting 20 million people out of poverty and social exclusion? 3.How to enhance active participation through social inclusion?
  10. 10. Participatory Citizenship in Europe Study A contribution to Working Group 2
  11. 11. Objectives  Map the concepts, policies, practices and level of Participatory Citizenship across Europe  Identify barriers and facilitators to encourage more citizen engagement in Europe  Inform the development of European policy and funding programmes in particular the:  the 2013 European Year of Citizens  2014-2020 Europe for Citizens Programme  2014 European Parliament elections
  12. 12. Reports  Contextual – Concepts and definition  Analytic – maps current state of play on policy and engagement in Europe  Good Practice – identifies key features of effective practice  Study Summary and Policy Recommendation - identifies an EC policy strategy on Participatory Citizenship  Reports located on Europe for Citizens website: programme/studies/index_en.htm
  13. 13. Definition of Participatory Citizenship •‘Participation in civil society, community and/or political life, characterized by mutual respect and non-violence and in accordance with human rights and democracy’. Definition broadly blends the practices of different models of citizenship across Europe All actions must be underpinned by the values of human rights and democracy
  14. 14. • Countries looking inwards at internal concerns • Policy focus entirely on economic competitiveness • Reduction in funding • All levels national, local and private • All dimensions of citizenship Barriers: Effects of Economic Recession ‘there are difficulties for national and local NGOs to become engaged at the European level when they are focused on finding funding merely to keep their organisations afloat’
  15. 15. Economic competitiveness Participatory Citizenship relates to economic competitiveness and social cohesion indicators Focusing only on the short term economic imperative may miss the broader and long term perspective  Participatory activities can provide a useful balance particularly in periods of high unemployment ‘Countries that are highly competitive tend also to be highly participatory with high levels of social cohesion i.e. Nordic countries’
  16. 16. Effective strategies  Participatory Citizenship is primarily a learnt activity  Learning in all it diverse forms (from discussing politics with friends to formal education) relates to Participatory Citizenship  Learning improves quality of Participatory Citizenship (enhancing civic competences: knowledge, skills, attitudes & values)
  17. 17. European Union strategy  balanced in promoting both political participation as well as voluntary and community action in civil society  targeted in recognising and responding to the impact of the economic crisis at national and local level in member states  sufficiently flexible and long-term to encourage and promote collaborative working between EU institutions, member states and EU citizens
  18. 18. European Year of Citizens 2013 • A bottom-up approach with citizens involved in constructing and developing the programme and activities • Opportunity for the EU institutions to listen to Citizens • Provide momentum for new Europe for Citizens Programme and EP elections • Increase profile of Participatory Citizenship as a policy priority • Needs sufficient funding to turn aims into reality for citizens • Respond to the needs and interests of European citizens
  19. 19. European Elections 2014 Explain to citizens why it is important that they vote: not only to defend their individual legal rights ensure the continued legitimacy of the EU and its institutions to show their support for the common values of democracy, human rights, social cohesion and tolerance that underpin European citizenship
  20. 20. EU 2020 Smart Sustainable & Inclusive Growth  Balance in policy emphasis between Participatory Citizenship, social cohesion & economic competitiveness so that values & practices of democracy flourish  Long term challenges of competitiveness & climate change should be grounded in active involvement of and participation of citizens in order to safeguard future of democracy in Europe
  21. 21. • Reports available on Europe for Citizens website: • about-the-europe-for-citizens- programme/studies/index_en.htm • Contact details: • Bryony Hoskins, University of Southampton • • David Kerr, Citizenship Foundation